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The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance (1941)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  6 March 1941 (USA)
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The Lone Wolf Michael Lanyard takes Inspector Crane's challenge that he can't keep out of trouble for 24 hours. No sooner accepted when Lanyard is sucked into a case of murder and ... See full summary »

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The Lone Wolf Michael Lanyard takes Inspector Crane's challenge that he can't keep out of trouble for 24 hours. No sooner accepted when Lanyard is sucked into a case of murder and kidnapping in which he is sole suspect. Lanyard pursues the perpetrators, a gang of cunning thieves with engraving plates belonging to the U.S. Treasury, even as he is being hunted by police. Written by John Paul FD Morris

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Mad ADVENTURE! Gay INTRIGUE! (original print ad)

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As the creator of the Lone Wolf character, Louis Joseph Vance must be accredited whether or not a story line conforms to one of his novels. See more »

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Follows Alias the Lone Wolf (1927) See more »

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Nice Entry in the Series
14 May 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Lone Wolf Take a Chance (1941)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Good entry in the Columbia series has Michael Lanyard (Warren William) arrested on murder charges but of course he's innocent and must prove it. With the help of an actress (June Storey) and his assistant Jamison (Eric Blore), The Lone Wolf gets mixed up with murderers and counterfeiters. THE LONE WOLF TAKES A CHANCE is certainly a step up from the previous installment and after an opening sequence full of laughs, the film quickly picks up speed as we're given a rather interesting murder and an even busier series of events trying to explain what happened. I'm going to spoil what happened but the murder of the cop comes in a pretty surprising way and it's quite effective in the way that Lanyard gets mixed up in the events. Yes, one could argue that it was done in an over-the-top and unbelievable way but at least it was an original one. The comedy moments early on are actually pretty funny and they don't hurt the film like in previous episodes. There's a hilarious opening bit where The Lone Wolf tries to capture a black cat that has some pearls around its neck and the entire sequence is well directed and put together. There's some even funnier bits towards the middle of the picture when The Lone Wolf is stuck in a basement with the Inspector. The mystery aspect of the film is handled pretty well but I must say that all of the events were pretty hard to believe. As normal, William offers up a very good performance as the title character but by this time he could play it in his sleep. I really enjoyed Storey as the female lead and the regular cast of characters (Blore, Thurston Hall) are in fine form as well. We also get a young Lloyd Bridges. Fans of "B" mysteries should get a kick out of this one. It's certainly not among the best but it is fast paced and contains some fun moments.


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